Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner’s Bulletin # B-0008-20

Re: COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees

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The below is from the bulletin.

March 24, 2020

To:   All TDI-regulated carriers, agents, adjusters, and licensees

Re:   COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees

On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor authorized the use of all available state and local government resources necessary to cope with the disaster.

TDI expects carriers to work with their policyholders as they prepare for and respond to the spread of COVID-19. Carriers should look to the Governor’s ongoing declarations related to COVID-19 for guidance on how long to extend relief.

Hawaii and Hurricanes

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“The last hurricane that hit Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, and Kauai took the brunt of the damage,” said Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito. “Hurricane Iniki caused almost $2 billion in damages, which is about $3 billion in today’s dollars. It can take just one major storm to cause severe property damage, and we urge you to be prepared.”

Declaration From The State Insurance Commissioner Regarding Assistance Of Nonresident Unlicensed Adjusters

Hawaii DOI

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Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) § 431:9-201(b), Insurance Commissioner Gordon I. Ito has determined that nonresident adjusters can operate in the state without a Hawaii license to assist with the anticipated amount of work that could be more than current capacity in the islands. 

The Insurance Division wants to ensure that adjusters and insurance companies will be able to respond to the homeowners' needs within a reasonable time.  Nonresident adjusters must comply with the following in order to operate in the state without a license pursuant to this statute for up to 30 days from the date of registration:  see the attached pdf for additional details

From fire to floods, recent natural disasters highlight the need for uniform claims adjustor licensing

Source: The Hill

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"As the nation continues to recover from the damage caused by hurricanes, floods and fires from coast to coast, we are reminded yet again that unforeseen, life-changing disasters can strike at any time. After the initial chaos subsides, it’s only natural that those affected would want to move quickly to start rebuilding their lives.


For many, the first step is a call to the insurance company, who should be able to resolve claims promptly, offering timely financial assistance when it’s needed most. But unfortunately, a complicated patchwork of state laws governing claims adjusters provides exactly the opposite: an inefficient, time-consuming, and expensive process that fails to serve the needs of consumers in the wake of a disaster."

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